There are many variations of the “plank” — a fundamental yoga pose that strengthens pretty much every major muscle group in the body. Some of them are advanced, as demonstrated by Y spinning instructor Ashley Pochick (left), and some are more basic. Whatever level of plank a person can accomplish, however, will ultimately result in increased strength and balance if done regularly.
As a way to motivate people to work the simple exercise into their busy lives, the Montclair Y has thrown out the “Promise to Plank” challenge, which involves striking any variation of the pose and holding it for 1 minute, every day.
“No one can say they’re too busy to do one minute’s worth of fitness a day,” said Paul Mickiewicz, Senior Program Director at the Park Street Y. “The plank is an efficient exercise, and it can be done pretty much anywhere.”
Mickiewicz created a blog for the campaign, and posts photos of community members planking in a variety of settings. To make it fun, he offers categories such as inspiriational plank, humorous plank, family plank, etc.
Want to learn to plank? Head over to the Montclair Y or click here for a beginner’s demo.
Take a look at community plankers here.